Young people in the UK are drinking less and less booze, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics.
Twenty-per cent of 16-24 year olds said they were teetotallers in 2013, the latest year the ONS gives data for. That’s the highest proportion in eight years and the same percentage of non-alcohol drinkers as in the 65 and over age group.
The proportion of young people binge drinking, i.e. drinking a lot of alcohol in one session, is also falling steadily as shown by the graph below.
Binge drinking among young people was a major issue in the mid-2000s but efforts to crackdown on it and educate people on its dangers appear to have worked.
Finally, the percentage of 16-24 year olds drinking frequently, which means drinking on five or more days a week, is also falling.
You can see the full binge drinking release here.
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